Prime Minister Robert Abela has announced the resignation of Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar.
Dr Abela said that Cutajar’s resignation has been accepted. He explained that in the letter he received Cutajar wrote that the appointment of a new PM requires changes so that the necessary reform within the Police Corps can be carried out. The PM thanked Cutajar for his sense of principles.
Dr Abela said that over the last few months, the Police Force has obtained positive results and thanked Cutajar for his work. He added that in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Police investigated and arrested those who allegedly were involved in the crime and four people have been arraigned in Court. He said that the Maltese Police Force has worked in a professional way with the FBI and Europol to give an effective result and further investigations are still ongoing. He added that over the last few years, the Police have solved other serious crimes.
Dr Abela explained that from time to time every institution needs a reform and said that he is seeing an opportunity to look forward to a reform in the Police force.
He announced that an interim Acting Police Commissioner has been appointed, the Deputy Commissioner Carmelo Magri, who is the most senior officer in the Force. The PM meanwhile wants a process to start in order to appoint a new Commissioner. He said that in the next Cabinet meeting he would be submitting a proposal for a new method to be used in choosing the Police Commissioner.
The Nationalist Party, through a statement by deputy Beppe Fenech Adami, said that Commissioner Cutajar’s resignation came two years late. While reiterating the criticism against Mr Cutajar, he appealed to the Prime Minister to accept the PN proposal that the Commissioner is appointed with two thirds of Parliament so that this institution will regain confidence. The Nationalist Party stated that the Prime Minister should seek consensus in this delicate moment so that Malta will again move in the right direction, leading to justice and rule of law.